Originally we thought of adding the usual guest reviewer to the
Levelheaded section but instead wed like to try something
a little different. Every so often we will feature a guest artist
and their themed tape for the section. Now keep in mind, its
not a real tape but more of a dream list theyve created before
putting a tape together. Now its up to you to make hunt down
the tracks! And now we present Mat Ducasse a.k.a. Matty Skylab!
Mattys previous credits include taking a lot of L.S.D. and
creating his early tracks before hooking up with Howie B and TKO
to record the incredible 1994 release, Skylab #1. Since then he
released his second album, has been touring with Tim Love
Lee and Thomas "The Mammal" Bullock as the DJ team Skylab
Sound Systems. In addition to his recent 7 release for Tummy
Touchs Touch Tones label, Matty (according to
his bio) is working on an biography "Electronic
Elvis" with Paul Fryer, collaborating with some guy named Wildcat
Will as The Electric Moccasins of Doom, a lady named Crazy Girl,
writing tunes with Sausage and rocking out with The Girls!! Watch
Out! Last we heard, Tim Love Lee mentioned Matty was
M.I.A. in the UK somewhere! Have you seen him?
A note from Matty:
I hope I'm doing this right, if not it's too late and we will
all die horribly. Anyway I was going to do a list of Elvis covers,
then I got sick of it, then I was going to do a list of hopeful
songs laced with a bittersweet taste of inevitable tragedy, but
I could only think of three, so instead, owing to this and that,
THE WONDERFUL AND TRAGIC GLORY OF LOVE
10 songs that bring joy and delight, majestical, delicate, transcendental.
Nothing filthy and in no particular order:
1. STRAWBERRY LETTER #23 - SHUGGIE OTIS (EPIC)
Shuggie's delicate psychedelic love song, a shimmering haze of bells
easing into an ascending mist of guitar arpeggios.
2. MINNIE RIPPERTON - LES FLEURS (CADET)
The apex of Charles Stepney's genius as an arranger, writer and
producer, epic, choral yet intimate with a sweet as dew vocal.
3. PHAROAH SANDERS - LOVE IS EVERYWHERE (impulse!)
Epic freakout in two halves - frenetic, pounding, manic, percussive,
chants, then delicate contemplative, lyrical.
4. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - MORE LOVE (TAMLA MOTOWN)
Heartfelt love song convincingly promises lifelong devotion following
his wife's 5th miscarriage, Marvin Tarplin's music shifts steadily
upward with each pledge.
5. TODD RUNDGREN - JUST ONE VICTORY (BEARSVILLE)
Closing track from Todd's mind-blowing, kaleidoscopic cornucopia
'a wizard, a true star' urging one last effort for the love revolution,
already doomed to failure...
6. SERGIO MENDES & BRAZIL 67 - WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW (A&M)
Bacharach and David's easy-listening standard played VERY fast with
an unbelievable church bells and orchestra finale
7. NINA SIMONE - MY WAY (PHILLIPS)
Nina does a similar thing with this awful song and turns it into
a lilting celebration, sweeping strings and frantic congas.
8. SAMMY DAVIS JR. - RHYTHM OF LIFE (MCA)
From the soundtrack of Bob Fosse's sixties classic musical, this
eastern flavored romp is both a satire and a celebration of San
Francisco hippie cults
9. THE POLYPHONIC SPREE - 02 (GOOD RECORDS)
26 piece fron Dallas Texas, this manages to be just the right side
of whimsy, full of light and shade, a big, sweeping sound points
out that 'suicide is a shame'. everyone should see this band at
least once before they die.
10. AL GREEN - L.O.V.E. (LONDON)
The greatest singer on the great subject. 'I would give my life
for the glory to be able to tell the story about love'